CHALK FIRE UPDATE
Monterey Ranger District, Los Padres National Forest
Sunday, October 26, 2008, 8:00 AM
Incident Fire Information: 866-534-6961 (8am-9pm)
Fire information online: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/1551/
Acres burned: 16,269
Miles of fireline to build: less than 1
Date started: 9/27/08 (evening)
Percent contained: 97%
Expected containment: 10/29/2008
Firefighter injuries to date: 20
Structures threatened: 0
Structures destroyed: 0
Suppression cost to date: $22.9 M
Air tankers: 0
Total personnel assigned: 498
This will be the last update for the Chalk Fire. The fire information phone line will close at noon tomorrow, Oct. 27. For further information regarding this fire, please visit Inciweb or call the Monterey Ranger District (King City) at (831) 385-5434.
Current Status: Yesterday, crews mopped up hot spots in the Twin Peak area. Crews monitored and mopped up in the Limekiln area as hot spots were detected. Rehabilitation efforts continued on the dozer line above the Hermitage. Today crews will mop up and retrieve hose throughout the fire area.
Today's Objectives: Provide for firefighter and public safety, keep the fire east of Hermitage Road and hold the fire on the ridge south of Gamboa Ridge.
Evacuations: There are no Evacuation Watches or Warnings.
Highway, Road and Area Closures: Rock and debris fall continues on Highway 1 resulting in periodic closures. Drivers are strongly advised to heed Caltrans caution/closure signs or risk damage to their vehicles. Caltrans has posted electronic status boards at the following locations: the junction of Highway 101 and Highway 46, the junction of Highway 1 and Highway 46, Hearst Castle, north of the Willow Creek bridge, Nepenthe in Big Sur, and the junction of Highway 1 and Rio Road in Carmel. Please drive carefully.
All roads, including Nacimiento-Fergusson, Willow Creek Road and South Coast Ridge Road to Highway 1 will reopen at noon Monday, October 27th. Cone Peak Road will remain closed until further notice.
Weather: The high pressure aloft over the fire area will weaken through Monday. Today, winds are expected to be 2-5 mph with gusts of 10-15 mph, temperatures 75-85 degrees, and relative humidity 10-14% above 1500 feet and 40-70% below 1500 feet.
Agencies: The Central Coast Interagency Incident Management Team 7 will transition at 6:00 a.m. Monday to the local Type 3 team under Incident Commander Mark Nunez (U.S. Forest Service).
|Date of Origin||Saturday September 27th, 2008 approx. 07:30 PM|
|Location||22 mi southwest of King City, CA|
|Incident Commander||Mark Nunez|
|Estimated Containment Date||Thursday October 30th, 2008 approx. 06:00 PM|
4 Chaparral (6 Feet) Large volume of dead and down material in fire fuel bed from sudden oak death and previous fires. Oak woodland and pockets of timber.
Interior burning of unburned fuel, creeping and smoldering.
Mop up and rehab continued
Patrol, mop-up and rehab. With predictated rain crews will not be on the line. Rehab will continue once rains are finished and conditions are safe.
Incident Commander has declared the incident contained as of 10/30/2008 at 1800 hrs. Cone Peak Road remains closed until further notice per Monterey Ranger District Office. Highway 1 and other roads affected by the fire will continue to have rolling rocks and debris. Be cautious while driving and on these roads. Highway 1 may be closed periodically due to rock slides caused by predicated rain. Contact Cal Trans or look up road conditions on the Cal Trans web site.
|Wind Conditions||15-20(G)30 mph SW|